Lesson Plans

With Tenement Museum resources, students become historians. Using our teacher-designed, teacher-tested lesson plans, students engage in inquiry and learn to use critical thinking to interpret objects, oral histories, and primary sources, while making history relevant to today. Our classroom resources support Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum, and can be used with or without a museum visit.

We currently offer four kinds of resources for teachers, including unit plans, lesson plans, and family stories. Whichever resource you select, you will find primary sources such as video stories, oral histories, documents, and photos in each. Educators can sort by grade level, unit plan, lesson plan, family stories, or primary source type below.

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High School: 9-12th Grade, Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

1914 Report Card

Look at a report card from 1914 and see how a 12-year-old immigrant girl, Victoria Confino...

High School: 9-12th Grade, Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

1892 Factory Inspection Report

Learn the ins and outs of the garment factory the Levine family ran out of their own home.

High School: 9-12th Grade, Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Josephine Baldizzi Discusses Her Bedroom

Listen to Josephine Baldizzi, the child of Italian immigrants, remember her home and...

High School: 9-12th Grade, Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

1980’s Garment Factory Footage

View 1980’s Garment Factory Footage.

High School: 9-12th Grade, Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Kevin Wong Discusses His Name

Hear the story of how a 5th grade student went from Yat Chung Wong to Kevin Wong.

High School: 9-12th Grade, Lower Elementary: 1-3rd Grade, Middle School: 6-8th Grade, Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

United Hebrew Charity Ledger

Investigate how an immigrant family in the 1870’s got help in a time of need.

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